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American Modern Orthodoxy: Confronting Cultural Challenges

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Publication Date: May 2004

Publisher(s): Jewish People Policy Planning Institute

Author(s): Chaim I. Waxman

Series: The Edah Journal, vol.4, no.1 (May 2004)

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Social movements)

Keywords: Communal Organization; Modernity; Orthodox Judaism; Jewish Identification

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The author asserts that American Modern Orthodoxy is considerably more prevalent and stronger than many assume. This article presents data indicating its strength and analyzes reasons for its institutional decline and emerging comeback during the second half of the twentieth and onset of the twenty-first centuries. The author also notes some of the challenges facing Modern Orthodoxy as it moves forward.